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Public or Private Goods?

Edited by Brigitte Unger, Daan van der Linde and Michael Getzner

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Abstract: The book explores the core public tasks that the state has traditionally provided but which increasingly are being privatized and subsumed by the private sector. The night-watchman state role of providing security is instead offered by private prisons and security guards. Legitimized by the argument of efficiency gains, social security including public housing, pensions, unemployment insurance and health care are all being gradually privatized. This book argues that on the basis of efficiency, morality and equality there is still an overwhelming need for public intervention – the res publica. Although the state still funds and regulates core domains, it provides fewer and fewer visible goods. The authors show how this apparent invisibility of the state presents serious challenges for both income equality and democracy.

Keywords: Economics and Finance (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
ISBN: 9781785369544
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Chapters in this book:

Ch 1 Introduction , pp 1-17 Downloads
Brigitte Unger, Loek Groot and Daan van der Linde
Ch 2 Value-based demarcation between the public and the private domain , pp 18-34 Downloads
Klaas van Egmond
Ch 3 The fight against money laundering: a public task? , pp 37-47 Downloads
Joras Ferwerda
Ch 4 Natural disasters and (future) government debt , pp 48-74 Downloads
Ian Koetsier
Ch 5 The advantages and disadvantages of different pension system designs , pp 77-94 Downloads
Ian Koetsier
Ch 6 Pension provision: (still) a public task? , pp 95-116 Downloads
Florian Blank
Ch 7 Protection against unemployment: a res publica? , pp 117-131 Downloads
Brigitte Unger
Ch 8 More health care or more beer? A curious paradox of making some economic tasks a res publica , pp 132-149 Downloads
Frans van Waarden
Ch 9 ECEC: childcare markets in the Netherlands and England , pp 150-172 Downloads
Trudie Knijn and Jane Lewis
Ch 10 Housing policy and spatial inequality: recent insights from Vienna and Amsterdam , pp 175-196 Downloads
Gerlinde Gutheil-Knopp-Kirchwald and Justin Kadi
Ch 11 Funding of protected areas: a purely public task? , pp 197-222 Downloads
Grazia Withalm
Ch 12 The role of governments in conserving and funding cultural institutions , pp 223-252 Downloads
Michael Getzner
Ch 13 Income distribution as a public task: the redistributive preferences of (mis)informed voters , pp 253-270 Downloads
Daan van der Linde
Ch 14 Conclusions , pp 271-282 Downloads
Brigitte Unger, Michael Getzner and Daan van der Linde

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